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The Art of Public Speaking

Learn how to prepare, craft, and deliver a great speech with this unique course that explores the principles of public speaking by examining the greatest speeches from history.

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a********m
February 8, 2019

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l********m
January 28, 2019
I had the DvD for this course and I am sorry, the instructor tries, but honestly I couldn't make it through the first lecture. Is he a good speaker? He is very clear, and he knows some of the key points to a good speech/speaker. He clearly has a good amount of experience in a 'teaching' situation and clearly considers himself a good speaker (and makes sure he tells us so). But does that make a 'good speaker' to instruct on speaking?? Well, unfortunately, when he reads the speeches, he is very, very forced, noticeably so. And his emphasis is not always in the right places. As he reads some of the speeches he is missing a lot of voice inflection, particularly at the ends of sentences. Also, there is some awkward vocabulary; he states that he used an 'extract' from a speech. Who says an 'extract' instead of an 'excerpt?' Using awkward, uncommon terminology in a public forum on clarity is a clumsy, distracting, amateur mistake which detracts from his credibility. The parts where he himself is actually speaking, and I hate to say this because it sounds rude but, it just put me to sleep with his monotone voice. I made it 23minutes into the first lecture and found myself nodding off - at 4PM. In short, the instructor is a technically capable instructor himself, but not a technically good speaker, and not one that comes across as honestly impassioned. A good speaker is someone people want to listen to. When your speaking instructor doesn't come across as a good speaker himself, it makes it hard to assign any credibility to him. I'll give him 1 star for effort and 2 for technical knowledge. You can indeed learn something, if you can just get through his presentation to extract exactly what that is.

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d********m
October 25, 2018
These lectures will help me in my future profession. Thank you Dr. Hale for giving me such value out of this course. I will not forget the lessons I learned.

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